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Artistically Designed Unique Home Within Walking Distance To The Taos Plaza

Bedrooms 1
Space 770 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

One Bedroom, 1 Bath In A Quiet Area On Dead End Street

One Bedroom casita built with an artistic cultural flair. This house has a gallery quality decor and filled with local artist's work, which is captivating and fascinating. It also has all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. The perfect home away from home. This home is in a quiet and secluded area and has radiant heating, new washer/dryer, cable TV, DVD player, internet access, pots and pans, dishware, towels, linens, new appliances.

Petra or David Rael
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Petra or David Rael

Dave and Petra Rael are both Taos natives who feel a deep appreciation for the local cultures and traditions of their community. Dave is a teacher by trade and continues to teach at the University of New Mexico, Taos Branch. He also developed Dave's Custom Cycle in Taos, a Harley-Davidson Custom and service shop which included retail. Dave has retired from that business and decided to custom build a casita instead. His philosophy, 'if you can't go to the mountains, you bring the mountains to you'. At the completion of his casita, he decided to dedicate the casita in memory of his sister Linda. Hence the name,

Casita Linda which also has double meaning, 'beautiful little house'.

Petra or David Rael purchased this house in 2012

Why Petra or David Rael chose New Mexico

This property has been in the family for generations and is filled with childhood memories that go back many years. The street (Peralta Lane) is named after Dave's grandfather, Malaquias Peralta. The casita was built on a two acre field, a huge backyard! You can fly a kite, take a stroll, catch a glimpse of a neighborhood cat hunting, or you may see the occasional coyote crossing the field in search of an unsuspecting cat. Other nocturnal animals which are known to frequent the area in search of left over cat food include raccoon, skunks, and other creatures which are too cunning or elusive to allow themselves to be seen.

What makes this house unique

This home was constructed with no deadline in mind. The objective when building this casita was to capture the spirit of Taos in its detailed construction. 'Taos' is a native american word meaning 'red willows' which explains why the kitchen cabinets incorporate red willows from the area. Other woods used with history include: apple wood from an old orchard in the sacred village of Chimayo, apricot wood from the valley of Valdez, aspen and choke cherry wood from cabresto canyon in Questa and cedar from an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. The native american decor of paintings, pottery, drums, and baskets coupled with snow covered peaks on the wall will surely settle a restless soul and inspire a yearning to embrace the elusive spirit of Taos. The antler lamp in the living room may illicit thoughts of deer roaming through lush meadows deep in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The ceiling in the living room, cedar and weather wood, the gentle angles reminds you of waves or perhaps it tricks your mind, is it an optical illusion? Upon entering the bathroom, the aztec theme will certainly jump at you. The pyramid high above the lavatory wall, the aztec gods which adorn the cabinet doors, river rock floor, mexican tile, glass block shower walls, white marble. All these attributes will certainly make you feel like you entered another world within the casita, a different place in time.


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 770 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Custom bathroom with marble and apricot wood
  • Custom crafted Bathroom with Aztec motif
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Handcrafted full sized Bed
  • Bedroom has a full-size bed with closet, vanity and chest of drawers
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Artistically Designed Unique Home Within Walking Distance To The Taos Plaza
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews
Lakewood, Co

This property is over the top.

  • 5 of 5

This property is top shelf in design and artist flairs. Such a warm and cozy casa with multiple custom designs everywhere. The kind of place that you do not want to leave when your time is up. We loved living here for five days and can't wait to go back and stay. Paul and Suzi Young

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet little property

  • 3 of 5

The house and grounds are private, quiet, and cutely apportioned. The kitchen and outdoor bbq areas are spacious and clean. The bathroom is large and cute. The woodworking and art add a nice touch to the ambiance. The problem: the bed is horrific. The worst I have ever slept on and we left one day early in our two day stay. Honestly, the floor w a mat would have been much better. And there really needs to be more places to sit in living room. If David and Petra get a quality mattress, I would consider returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first we have heard in regards to mattress or lack of seating in living room from you or past or present guests. A majority of our guests have stayed for extended periods and no mention of either.
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Very nice rental within walking distance to the plaza and yet in a quiet and secluded location.

  • 5 of 5

The casita is very well kept, and the owners were very nice. I would absolutely recommend you give this place a try if you are planning on visiting Taos.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, NM


  • 5 of 5

An artist's heaven. Stayed over Memorial Weekend. The casita is romantic, cozy, clean and comfortable. It is a work of art. Everything custom crafted by owner/artist! Meticulous attention to detail. Walk to Plaza, restaurants, easy drive to ski valley, Gorge. Quiet and peaceful. Beautiful skies. Could not have asked for any better. Owners very helpful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Enjoyed having you as guests at Casita Linda, you truly blessed it!
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Del rio, texas

An obsolutely charming place!

  • 5 of 5

This Casita was a great place to stay. The weather was a little chilly, but with the radiant heat I never got cold. In fact it was great to be able to walk around the place barefoot. I will be back and will encourage others to stay here. The owners are very nice and are eager to please.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely Ladies, we also enjoyed your stay! Glad to have met you two, looking forward to your next visit!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Taos Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Alley Cantina
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Taos Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Highway US64-68
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Many Restaurants within walking distance
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Taos Ski Valley

Ranchos de Taos church as a historical history.( Be sure to see the Miracle Painting)

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge,

Taos Pueblo,

Taos Ski Valley,

Enchanted Circle,

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs,

Kit Carson Museum,

Governor Bent Museum,

John Dunn Bridge,

Various art galleries,

Variety of Shops,






Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59

At the time of deposit. you will receive a contract and must return it asap in order to reserve. A cleaning fee $75.00 to $100.00 will apply.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund